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European Emergency Data-based System for Information on, Detection and Analysis of Risks and Threats to Health [SIDARTHa] [2007208] - Project
General objectives

The project will contribute to and enhance the generic preparedness of the health sector for communicable as well as non-communicable health threats by conceptualising, developing, implementing, testing and evaluating a European Emergency Data-based System for Information on Detection and Analysis of Risks and Threats to Health (SIDARTHa).

Strategic relevance and contribution to the public health programme

The approach taken in the project will provide a solution for innovative surveillance, early warning and risk communication using indicators systematically derived from routinely collected Emergency Medical Service (EMS) and Emergency Department (ED) data. At the same time, by combining that with automatic Web-GIS-based spatial-temporal analysis applications, the project will suggest a new European standard for surveillance in health-related emergency preparedness. With its cost effective, comprehensive and innovative approach the project provides a considerable contribution to the improvement of existing surveillance systems and puts specific emphasis on strengthening the collaboration of regional health authorities and health professionals in an important field of European health protection

Methods and means

The project is divided into two phases. During the conceptualization phase, information on international state-of-the-art health surveillance and health surveillance practice in Europe will be brought together with the possibilities of emergency data for detection of health threats and the specific public health needs in Europe. On this basis, the web-based geographic information system surveillance SIDARTHa will be set up, tested and evaluated during the implementation phase.

A sequence of carefully selected and well focused methods comprising i.a. expert discussions, Delphi-type study, Strengths-Weaknesses-Opportunities-Threats analysis of existing procedures, statistical analyses and geo-processing methods will be applied. During the project time, especially the future user group of health authorities at national and European level will be informed about the project and invited to actively participate in the development and evaluation of SIDARTHa to increase the system’s acceptance and maintenance after the project time

Expected outcomes period

The expected outcome of the project is the improvement of timeliness and cost-effectiveness of European health surveillance by automatically transferring, processing and analysing near-real-time emergency data, and automatically providing real-time surveillance reports and alerts, enabling a rapid and coordinated response.

Start date: 15/06/2008
End date: 15/12/2010
Duration: 30 month(s)
Current status: Finalised
Programme title: First Programme of Community action in the field of public health (2003-2008)
EC Contribution: € 492 756,00